wfarm1325  2020-2021  Bruxelles Woluwe

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
3 credits
22.5 h + 15.0 h
Main themes
- Importance of plants in modern therapeutics
- Main forms of use of plants or plant extracts
- Study of plants used in pharmacy as such, in the form of extracts, for the extraction of active or toxic ingredients, their properties, active ingredients, uses and precautions for use
- Interactions, maximum doses of toxic plants and contraindications

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


At the end of this course students must

- be able to differentiate between herbal medicines and herbal food supplements

- be familiar with the main forms of use of herbal medicines and the main possible interactions

- know the main raw materials and active molecules of natural origin in order to give sound advice and correct information to patients

- apply analytical techniques to determine the quality of naturally occurring drugs.

The course also explains

- uses of natural medicines, possible interferences, side effects and contraindications

By the end of this course, students should be able to refresh their knowledge and use literature critically.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
most plants used in pharmacy (parts used, chemical composition, quality criteria, pharmacological properties, main uses, side effects, contraindications, doses)
-Difference between medicines and food supplement
-pharmaceutical forms of herbal medicines
- Plant-drug interactions
Practical part: identification of plants as teas and microscopically
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

ex-cathedra courses and personal (or group) work of students
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Evaluation : The test of theoretical knowledge will be carried out by a written examination. The students will have to integrate the different aspects of the subject (pluridisciplinarity). The exam will appeal not only to memory, but also to reflection, logic and critical thinking. The work (personal or group) will also be requested and evaluated. A practical examination will be organized after the practical work
Other information
Participation in practical work, tutorials and exercise sessions is mandatory (unless specific sanitary measures) and essential to validate the teaching unit. Any unjustified absence will result in a penalty for the teaching unit examination which may go as far as the cancellation of the examination mark for the year of study in question (0/20). In the event of repeated absences, even if justified, the teacher may propose to the jury that he/she oppose registration for the teaching unit exam in accordance with Article 72 of the RGEE.
Online resources
ESCOP and HMPC monographs, European pharmacopea, Data base
 livres de référence disponibles à la bibliothèque ou sur le net.

Teaching materials
  • plan du cours sur moodle
  • dias sur moodle
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Minor in Medication Sciences

Bachelor in Pharmacy